Spectacled Owl

About the Spectacled Owl

The Spectacled Owl is a distinctive large owl that lives from southern Mexico into parts of South America. It is a beautiful large owl with a brown head and back, white face and underparts and large yellow eyes.

Spectacled Owls prefer tropical rainforest habitat. They feed on mammals including small rodents, opossums, and skunks. They also take smaller prey items like large insects and crabs.

The population trend for the Spectacled Owl is considered to be stable and the conservation status as of October 2014 is Least Concern.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 22 June 2009
Scientific Name
Pulsatrix perspicillata
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Pulsatrix
  • P. perspicillata
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
17 to 20 inches
16 to 35 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Murucututu
Czech (Cesky) Puštík Brýlatý
Danish (Dansk) Brilleugle
Dutch (Nederlands) Briluil
Finnish (Suomi) Kultapöllö
French (Français) Chouette à Lunettes
German (Deutsch) Brillenkauz
Italian (Italiano) Gufo dagli Occhiali
Japanese (日本語) ネガネフクロウ (Meganefukurou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Brilleugle
Polish (Polski) Puchaczyk Zóltobrzuchy
Russian (русский язык) Сова очковая
Spanish (Español) Lechuzón de Anteojos
Swedish (Svenska) Glasögonuggla
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